Irene Barbiera received her PhD in Medieval Studies from CEU in 2004. She is currently CEU 20th anniversary research fellow at the Department of Medieval Studies. Between 2003 and 2012 she was a research fellow at the Departments of History and Statistical Science at the University of Padova (Italy); between 2003 and 2006 she was teaching regularly at the School of Archaeology of the University of Padova. In the frame of the Wittgenstein project coordinated by Walter Pohl she was research fellow at the Academy of Sciences of Vienna in 2007-2008.
Her research focuses on gender history and bio-archaeology, with particular emphasis on early medieval demography, migrations and family history.
She has written the following books: Changing lands in Changing memories. Migration and identity during the Lombard invasions (Firenze, all’Insegna del Giglio 2005), which is based on her PhD dissertation and was awarded with Otto von Hessen Prize, and Memorie Sepolte. Tombe e identità nell’altro medioevo (secoli V-VIII)(Roma, Carocci 2012). She has published with Alice M. Choyke and Judith Rasson (eds.), Materializing Memory: Archaeological Material Culture and the Semantics of the Past (British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1977) (Oxford, Archeopress 2009).